It may take a while for the next episode of the Grand Tour – but it won’t be forever. Following the release of Grand Tour Presents: Massive Hunt in December 2020, the next episode of the car show hosted by Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond will take them to Scotland, in the part that ended filming in early 2020.
The next special on Amazon Prime Video was planned to film in Russia, but apparently this pandemic year has made this incredibly complicated. It has been confirmed that for now you will see episodes filmed a little closer to the British homes of the hosts – but fans of the motorcycle series will certainly not mind the change of location if it means that the new special forces arrive a little faster.
We know that fans of tricks will be curious about what is planned for the future – so below we have rounded up everything we know about the next episode of the Grand Tour on Amazon Prime Video below.
Grand Tour next episode: release date
This is the main unknown about the Big Tour – with a one-year wait between the last two episodes of Grand Tour Presents, Seamen and A Massive Hunt, it’s unclear when we’ll see another episode of the show. It’s really in the hands of Amazon Prime Video.
But you probably won’t have to wait until the pandemic is over – the next episode has already been filmed.
Plans to film the episode in Russia have been put on hold due to the pandemic (see below) – so another special was filmed in Scotland nine days earlier, which probably means we’ll see the next episode of The Great Tour Presents 2021. Here’s a picture from an Instagram account Jeremy Clarkson during filming:
“We did it in an area of Scotland with few people,” host James May told BT. “We didn’t really communicate with the locals. Complicated systems were set up to clean everything up and it was a bit tedious to go through a lot of procedures and get tested on a daily basis, but the recording didn’t bother being honest.”
The hosts could not go to the pub after filming the episode, which was certainly a challenge.
While it might be a long wait until the trio and their crew head to more exotic locations, the intention is to continue filming episodes in places where it’s easier to get started. “In the short term, we may have to reduce travel ambitions and have a better chance of doing so,” May says. “Better filming in the UK and delivering regularly than we promise to the country rather than delivering anything. The Grand Tour may become a little homey. But we’ll still be the three of us most importantly. And the cars.”
That hints well for the future – and who knows, we might start seeing episodes more regularly than once a year.
The big tour represents a Scottish episode: what we know
To film the upcoming Scottish special during the pandemic, the crew formed a balloon, and no one caught Covid-19 during the filming. The hosts were reportedly seen driving classic American cars from Edinburgh to the Hebrides – suggesting some sort of Route 66-style road element.
Clarkson was seen driving a blue Lincoln, May was seen driving a red Cadillac, and Hammond was seen in a green Buick. The trio also took part in a tow race on a track somewhere in the south of Scotland, for which the cars mentioned were apparently modified, and at one point they were also seen towing caravans.
May says that being a little closer to home is not so important to the hosts – after all, viewers on Amazon Prime Video can watch it from anywhere. “If you watch the Grand Tour from Sri Lanka, Scotland is just as exotic and beautiful as Sri Lanka from Scotland, so there will always be a large section of the audience that makes it fascinating anywhere in the world.”
And hey, anything the host shoots new episodes faster seems good.
The Grand Tour represents Russia in particular: what we know
Yes, the next Special lands later this year. Yes, it was filmed in Madagascar and yes, there will be cars. Yes, we wanted to go to Russia. No, we couldn’t (we all know why). Yes, we will try again. No, we don’t know when. Yes, we will keep you informed. # TheGrandTourJuly 7, 2020
The next planned episode for Grand Tour Presents was to take the hosts to Russia – and that’s still an idea one day. For now, it has only been postponed due to the pandemic. James May says a lot of preparation has been made for this specialty, but that it is “currently impossible”.